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1 May 2013

Full-Time AVP, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

The New York Botanical Garden – Posted by Jewish Jobs Anywhere

Job Description

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom.  The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
In the late 19th century an eminent Columbia University botanist named Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, also a botanist, were so inspired by their visit to England’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that they and other members of the Torrey Botanical Club determined New York should possess a great botanical garden as well. A magnificent site was selected in the northern section of the Bronx, part of which had belonged to the vast estate of tobacco merchant Pierre Lorillard.
On April 18, 1891, the land was set aside by the New York State Legislature for the creation of “a public botanic garden of the highest class” for the City of New York. Prominent civic leaders and financiers, including Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J. Pierpont Morgan, agreed to match the City’s commitment to finance the buildings and improvements, initiating a public-private partnership that continues today. In 1896 The New York Botanical Garden appointed Nathaniel Lord Britton its first director.
Visitors delight in the exciting, captivating, and innovative exhibitions and flower shows held throughout the year in venues across the Garden. No other botanical garden in the world presents such a rich, varied, abundant schedule of offerings.
The Garden mounts five major exhibitions annually: The Orchid Show, a spring show, a summer exhibition, a fall show, and the Holiday Train Show. These featured shows often include elements in several locations on the grounds, including floral displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, rare and historical books and prints in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina/LoFaro Gallery, family activities in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and educational signage and audio tours that link aspects of the living collections on the grounds as well. An array of programming of events, workshops, classes, and children’s activities accompanies each exhibition.
Complementing these large-scale endeavors year-round are numerous other shows such as botanical art exhibitions in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery, seasonal displays in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House, and natural spectacles around the Garden: the flowering of the magnolia, cherry, crabapple, dogwood, and Narcissus collections in spring; the cheerful flowers of daylilies and the brilliance of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in summer, and the fall foliage across the grounds and throughout the Forest in fall.
In addition, two permanent exhibitions focus on the work of the Garden’s scientists around the world. A World of Plants showcases the wonders, diversity, and uses of plants in an ecotour of 11 distinct habitats and galleries in the Haupt Conservatory, and Plants and Fungi: Ten Current Research Stories in the Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery presents examples of the Garden’s biodiversity research in various regions.
The visitor experience to all these exhibitions and shows is enhanced by related books and other items at Shop in the Garden, which supports the Garden’s core mission in science, horticulture, and education.
The Botanical Garden is one of the world’s preeminent free-standing plant research and conservation organizations. The Garden conducts basic research in plant biology and studies all species of plants and fungi around the globe. Its scientists use sophisticated techniques such as molecular systematics, genomics research, and digital imaging. Never before has the need been greater to integrate the use of its unparalleled resources—in the field, laboratory, library, and herbarium—to maximize the impact of its work and maintain its position at the forefront of worldwide botanical research.

The Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library is one of the world’s most important botanical and horticultural resources of its kind. With a vast and distinguished collection of more than one million accessioned items that includes books, journals, botanical illustrations, seed and nursery catalogs, photographs and architectural plans, as well as an expanding collection of electronic materials, the Mertz Library provides the highest quality resources and services for the botanical, horticultural, and gardening communities across the world.

Demand for NYBG’s edible gardening programs has never been greater.  The Edible Academy will build on the Garden’s longstanding leadership role in garden-based education to address the 21st century needs and interests of schools, families, and parents, as well as the general public, with an exciting roster of year-round programs and activities.


The New York Botanical Garden has an operating budget of over $60 million of which 36 percent is raised in contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.  The Garden’s Development department plays a key role in amassing the support required to carry out institutional initiatives. The Associate Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving will report to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President and will secure new major gifts for the Garden’s endowment and other purposes; in addition, he/she will direct and advance all aspects of Planned Giving at the Garden.

Under the supervision of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President, the Associate Vice President for Major Gifts and Planned Giving will develop new major endowment gifts and significant gifts toward the Garden’s programmatic areas, including the institution’s Plant Research and Conservation efforts, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and the Garden’s new Edible Academy initiative.  The candidate will assist with efforts to raise funds for additional programmatic support and special projects; bring expertise to developing a new prospecting plan; research and identify new donors and prospects and advance relationships with these constituents.  In addition, he/she will write proposals, major solicitations and reports and also steward a portfolio of key donors.

He/she will also direct and advance all aspects of Planned Giving at the Garden.  This includes oversight of programs for bequests, charitable gift annuities, and gifts through trusts, as well as developing and executing a creative plan to market Planned Giving to the Garden’s constituency in order to significantly increase the donors to this program.  Additional responsibilities include generating creative communications and newsletters, as well as organizing estate planning seminars.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative fundraiser with ten or more years of development experience in major gifts/planned giving at a large, comparable organization.  He/she must be a detail oriented, highly organized, self-motivated team player with the ability to handle multiple tasks under deadline pressure. He/she must also be able to interact effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and the public.  Strong writing and communication skills are essential. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Planned Giving systems (PG cale, Crescendo, etc.) and Raiser’s Edge is highly desirable.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should send or e-mail resume, letter of interest and three references to: The New York Botanical Garden Attn: HR-AVP-MGPG Bronx, New York 10458 Email: HR@NYBG.ORG

Job Categories: Business/Management, Non-Profit, and Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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